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  1. Yes (GA-P35-DS4) (165 votes [38.55%])

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  2. No (GA-P35-DS4) (43 votes [10.05%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.05%

  3. Yes (Different MB) (164 votes [38.32%])

    Percentage of vote: 38.32%

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#241
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Well, GA-P35-DS4 has ALC889A, so that's pretty weird. If I run the ALC888 installer, my sound stops working as expected. :)


just looked at the board, GA-P35-DS3L opps ;)

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just looked at the board, GA-P35-DS3L opps :whistle:



Ah, the world makes sense again :)

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@rsdecoder: When you can say you boot into it, do you mean from the actual HDD, or still from the BootCD?
If it's with the aid of the BootCD, you'll need to install Chameleon RC3 (That's where the /Extra and /Extra/Extensions folders come from)

The GA-P35-DS4 package however needs to be installed when NOT RUNNING Snow Leopard from the HDD (This should be ran when Snow Leopard is just installed, and you've booted from the BootCD the 2nd time (the 1st to actually installed Snow Leopard on). The reason the GA-P35-DS4 package doesn't install when installed from your booted live installation, is because it's the boot drive.

From what I can tell about the CMOS resetting itself, that's only ever happened when there was no DSDT present (The DSDT is generated for your board when doing the GA-P35-DS4 package installation, but seeing as that failed, it's not present ofcourse)


Hi Kludgedean:

I tried booting up with BootCD and Install DVD. However, I can't find a way to install the GA-P35-DS4 package. I opened Terminal and start Installer.app but still cannot install the package.

Alternatively, I also tried booting up with 10.5, then install the GA-P35-DS4 package onto the new drive "snow". It went further, but still complained the postupgrade script cannot run.

Should I re-install Snow Leopard? Or is there a way to install the package from a 10.5 system?

Many thanks.

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How do you run your DSDT patcher? Do I need ruby on rails installed?

You need to run it in the terminal. That is, type ./patcher.rb from within the patcher directory.

a quickie... when I try to execute ./patcher.rb I get "Permission denied." When I run "sudo ./patcher.rb" I get "command not found." What am I doing wrong? Thank you -

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Hey There,

I have a GA-P35-DS4 rev 2 board and I can't get past Step 2) "When Chameleon boots up, insert your Snow Leopard Retail DVD into your drive, then press F5. The Snow Leopard DVD should now show up. If it doesn't, open and close the drive, and press F5 again. Select the DVD, press -v and press enter."

When I select the DVD and type -V it starts to go to the Snow Leopard install screen but just sits there. I have installed a Vanilla Install with Retail Leopard 10.5.4 with no problem. No matter what I do I can't get into the Install screen. I even tried with a thumb drive but it still gets stuck at that point. Any Ideas? I have everything set the way you say in the guide. The only thing I can think of is maybe my ATI Radeon HD 3780 card?

Thanks.

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Hi there,

Just want to say thanks for the guide (see sig for config). Installed using the retail DVD and all is well.
Sleep and reboot works. Haven't tried shutdown yet.
Now to migrate the apps from the old installation.

Regards,
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Thanks to kludgedean for the answer. Now I understand a little bit more about DSDT.

I'm happy to report that I menaged to do successfull install whit this guide on this board: GA EP35-DS3.
Install package works like a charm on this board (sound and ethernet works great). It fixed my shutdown problem from Leopard (computer was booting by itself 5 to 10 min after shutdown). The only thing that doesn't work is deep sleep which I dont use anyway.

Of course, the only thing that I didn't folow is efi studio part. I added gfx string with osx86tools (XFX GeForce 9500 GT 512MB).

One strange thing was:
After I booted from boot CD, pressed F5 and Chameleon showed Snow Leo DVD my BIOS settings were already messed up (before I started installation) and naturally installation failed (didn't go further than grey apple logo). After failed installation I looked into BIOS which was showing that my hard drive and DVD burner were connected to IDE port which is not case (they are connected to SATA) and keyboard was not recognized because usb support was off.
After a few attempts it just worked once (BIOS was not messed up already in chameleon and installation was successfull).

Anyway thanks for the easy and straightforward guide.

BTW. This is my first retail install.

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You need to run it in the terminal. That is, type ./patcher.rb from within the patcher directory.

a quickie... when I try to execute ./patcher.rb I get "Permission denied." When I run "sudo ./patcher.rb" I get "command not found." What am I doing wrong? Thank you -


You should download the standalone patcher. I'm assuming you are trying to run it from the installer source. I did write that it was present there, but there is a slight difference between it and the standalone version. My bad :)

BTW, you should be able to run it by drag and dropping the standalone Patcher.rb into a terminal window and pressing enter.

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Works like a charm on GA-EP45-DS5

Thanks!

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I Will try tonight.

What about the update to 10.6.1 (could we do it with software update ? )

What is the way to follow to recover users preferences, data and applications from my 10.5.8. Can I use time machine ?

Cheers,

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Hi, thanks every body for this post.
One BIG concern: I make music with my hackintosh, and (those who do the same know it) I have dozens of plugins installed ranging from virtual instruments to sound effects.
All installs took me weeks and so I'm very puzzled when I think to upgrade my 10.5.8 to 10.6 without knowing the following:
once I install snow leopard, will I be able to restore all my apps from the old time machine backup or will it backup also the sistekm files giving me the old system back?
thanks for the help

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You should download the standalone patcher. I'm assuming you are trying to run it from the installer source. I did write that it was present there, but there is a slight difference between it and the standalone version. My bad :blink:

Thanks, using the standalone DSDT patcher worked. :wacko:

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I've upgraded the installers, the DSDT generator, and the sources. The DSDT is now patched to make the internal drives appear internal on the first controller (yellow connectors). On the second controller (purple connectors) the drives will appear external. This means the injector kexts are no longer needed so the installer will remove them from /Extra/Extensions, if they are present.

To upgrade, run the new installer. This will overwrite com.apple.Boot.plist and your themes so make sure you have a backup. Otherwise, you'll need to reenter your EFI string.

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@thebiglebow: I've updated using the Software Update without a problem a few times now (different test installations, every time it updated no problem, Seeing you're using (almost) an identical motherboard, It should be fine for you too!

@arkamaxx: I would imagine that 'time machine' mainly backs up all the system files.. If it didn't it wouldn't be able to roll back changes very well... No guides i've read have ever suggested, nor advised an upgrade.

@tseug: Thanks for the updates! Will implement them in my next installations (Currently about to start nailing DUAL booting win7 & OSX10.6.1)

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@arkamaxx: I would imagine that 'time machine' mainly backs up all the system files.. If it didn't it wouldn't be able to roll back changes very well... No guides i've read have ever suggested, nor advised an upgrade.


Migration Assistent included in SL works well.

@tseug: Thanks for the updates! Will implement them in my next installations (Currently about to start nailing DUAL booting win7 & OSX10.6.1)


Actually, that's quite easy but a bit cumbersome because win7 doesn't play well with EFI (or at least Apple's EFI). I'm running the same setup, so I'll give you a few hints.

Create two partitions in disk utility in OSX - one for SL and one for W7. The W7 should be formatted as FAT. This will create a hybrid MBR/EFI setup that both OSX and W7 can understand.

Install OS X

On W7 disc, format the FAT partition to NTFS and Install W7. this will break the boot loader.

Reinstall the SL installer pack. This will setup the boot loader but now W7 is broken. Boot with W7 disk and repair. Now W7 works but SL doesn't. Finally, use fdisk to set the SL partition as active. Reboot and everything should work.

I'm sure there's more detailed guides out there :)

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Any Ideas for Me?

Thanks

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Any Ideas for Me?

Thanks


First of all make sure you have a SATA DVD and a GUID SATA partition. If we assume that the graphics card is the problem, you can make a boot partition by restoring the install disk to an USB drive or a partition on your hard drive (use disk utility). Then run my installer with that partition as target. If you still cannot boot up on this partition, add whatever graphics kext is there for your card to /Volume/Mac OS X.../Extra/Extensions. If it works now, great. If not, back to ye olde drawing board.

All out of hints now :)

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Hi tseug, Hi all,

tonight I tried to install 10.6 with tseug's method (once again thanks to you for helping us).

Everything worked fine until I want to install the Installer. The install finished with an error.

A couple of weeks ago, my Mobo's ethernet port has been lightened and thus is not working anymore.
I replace it by a PCI ethernet board (with RTL8169 chipset) and disabled the internal Ethernet port in the BIOS settings.

Disabling it was the root cause of the installer issue I had. Thus I re-enabled it in the bios and the Installer went OK.

But now, after applying the installer my PCI ethernet card is not anymore recognised. (if I remove the dsdt.aml file, it's back again).

Could somebody help me to solve this issue by e.g.
-explain me how to modify the dsdt.aml to make it compatible with the realtek chip based PCI ethernet card.
-or by an other way ...


Thanks in advance,

the Dude

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First of all make sure you have a SATA DVD and a GUID SATA partition. If we assume that the graphics card is the problem, you can make a boot partition by restoring the install disk to an USB drive or a partition on your hard drive (use disk utility). Then run my installer with that partition as target. If you still cannot boot up on this partition, add whatever graphics kext is there for your card to /Volume/Mac OS X.../Extra/Extensions. If it works now, great. If not, back to ye olde drawing board.

All out of hints now :thumbsup_anim:



Thanks,

Yes I have a Sata DVD and GUID Part. It's weird because I can install 10.5.6 with the same "boot with boot cd then swap out for the Leopard DVD" but I just can't get to the startup of Snow Leopard. I have tried just about everything!!!! Are you saying to add the graphics kext to the extensions folder of the Snow Leopard DVD restore on the Flash Drive?

Thanks for all your work and help. I come from a Windows world so all this kext and terminal stuff is new to me.

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Thanks,

Yes I have a Sata DVD and GUID Part. It's weird because I can install 10.5.6 with the same "boot with boot cd then swap out for the Leopard DVD" but I just can't get to the startup of Snow Leopard. I have tried just about everything!!!! Are you saying to add the graphics kext to the extensions folder of the Snow Leopard DVD restore on the Flash Drive?


Yes.

EDIT: This won't actually work at the moment. I'll be uploading a fixed installer tomorrow :)

EDIT EDIT: New installer now available.

Hi tseug, Hi all,

tonight I tried to install 10.6 with tseug's method (once again thanks to you for helping us).

Everything worked fine until I want to install the Installer. The install finished with an error.

A couple of weeks ago, my Mobo's ethernet port has been lightened and thus is not working anymore.
I replace it by a PCI ethernet board (with RTL8169 chipset) and disabled the internal Ethernet port in the BIOS settings.

Disabling it was the root cause of the installer issue I had. Thus I re-enabled it in the bios and the Installer went OK.

But now, after applying the installer my PCI ethernet card is not anymore recognised. (if I remove the dsdt.aml file, it's back again).

Could somebody help me to solve this issue by e.g.
-explain me how to modify the dsdt.aml to make it compatible with the realtek chip based PCI ethernet card.
-or by an other way ...


Thanks in advance,

the Dude


Try this: Remove the DSDT.aml and reboot. Until you have a new DSDT.aml, your BIOS settings will be reset every time you boot.

Get the newest version of the standalone DSDT generator.

In the patcher.rb, find these lines:

pex = find_pexverbose("GIGE Device (#{pex})") {patch_gige(pex)}

Outcomment the lines, so they look like this:

#pex = find_pex#verbose("GIGE Device (#{pex})") {patch_gige(pex)}

Save the file and run the patcher.rb (either ./patcher.rb while in the patcher directory or drag&drop into terminal and press enter)

If everything goes well, you should have a DSDT.aml in the patcher directory. Copy this to /Extra.

Reboot.





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